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Workshops & Festivals

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High School Percussion Festival

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Messiah College Percussion Studio and Department of Music is proud to announce the first annual Messiah College High School Percussion Festival!

This event will showcase several of the finest concert percussion ensembles from around the region performing on stage in beautiful Parmer Hall for one of our world-renowned clinicians, with a 20 minute clinician coaching session for each ensemble immediately following each performance. Our clinicians for this year's festival include Dr. John Parks from Florida State University and Prof. Michael Burritt from the Eastman School of Music!

This event will also feature a mid-day clinic session for all participants as well as an evening showcase concert featuring The Messiah College Percussion Ensemble in concert with Dr. Parks and Prof. Burritt!

For registration and other information about this event, please contact Dr. Erik Forst, Director of Percussion at Messiah College at Don't miss what promises to be an amazing day of percussion!

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Annual Jazz Camp

June 14-17, 2017

The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz (CPFJ) Jazz Camp serves music students ages 12-21, of all instruments and voice and is conducted by professional jazz musician-educators. Students who seriously desire to further their musical education and, in particular, to learn about jazz improvisation, are welcome. Click below to read more. 

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Junior / Senior High String Orchestra Camp

July 24-30, 2016

The Summer Orchestra Camp, offers an exciting opportunity for approximately 100 students entering grades 7 through 12 to play in chamber ensembles, two large orchestras, master classes and take courses in musicianship, all taught by an expert faculty of artist-teachers comprised of Messiah College faculty and orchestral educators of Central Pennsylvania. Additionally, students attend outstanding performances of guest artists and performances as part of the Market Square Concert Series.

Faculty members include: Dr. Timothy Dixon, Kerry Harker-Roth, Gregory Woodbridge, Krista Kriel, Duane Botterbusch, David Diehl, and Adam Cordle 

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Chamber Music in Grantham: Performance & Composition

July 30- August 6, 2017

Participants for the Chamber Music in Grantham camp are a select group of professionally-oriented, advanced students of violin, viola, cello, piano, and composition, 16 years of age and older. Exceptions will be made for gifted younger applicants.

Each chamber group will have group rehearsals, coaching by all members of the faculty, performances in the masterclasses, and a public performance in Poorman Recital Hall at the closing of the festival. Various seminars of music/chamber music-related topics will be held each day. There will be a joint performance and masterclass by guest artist, Ronald Leonard.

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Wind Conductors Symposium

The Messiah College Wind Conductors Symposium was developed to create an opportunity for music educators to work with noted authorities in the field of rehearsal techniques and conducting.  The 2012 Symposium will feature Eugene Corporon, Director of Wind Studies at the University of North Texas, Dr. Bradley Genevro, Director of Bands, Messiah College and Dr. William Stowman, Director of Instrumental Studies, Messiah College.

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Choral Conductors Symposium

The Messiah College Choral Conductors Symposium allows music educators to further their experience in the field of choral conducting. Dr. Rachel Cornacchio will lead this year's annual symposium.

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Orchestral Conductors Symposium

The Messiah College Orchestral Conductors Symposium serves as both a forum and a classroom for music educators in the orchestral arena.  Conductors work with authorities in the field, including Dr. Timothy Dixon, Director of Orchestral Studies, to develop and refine technique both on the podium and in score study.

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